Thursday, November 11, 2010

Better taste, better food, better for us

A while ago now I remember reading a report where Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine stated that organic veggies and fruit has no nutritional or health benefits over ordinary food.

I also remember saying to myself, 'That'd be right, go ahead and ruin it for everyone'. I also remember thinking I'd like to come up with a decent retort their research.

Well, as it happens, I was reading Country Life magazine last night and found an article that managed to encapsulate many of my thoughts in a fairly comprehensive fashion.  

Below in italics is a copy from page 23 of the August 5, 2009 edition of Country Life.

Better taste, better food, better for us
GOVERNMENT scientists have announced that organic food is no better for you nutritionally than conventional (whatever conventional is) food.  For those of you who sit down and look at your plate as a combination of fat,  protein and carbohydrate,  this may be important news.  For the rest of us who enjoy eating,  it's irrelevant.  For us,  food is about taste and trust.  What the majority of us really care about is good farming and farming methods.  Ask any top chef,  and they will tell you that it's the quality of the produce that is the key to great food.  Local food is miles better.  If the government wants us to eat more healthily,  it should spend its energy on promoting good farming methods and it should force supermarkets to sell more locally sourced food.  It's great tasting food, not more scientific mumbo jumbo,  that will encourage better eating habits and a healthier nation.

I'd like to know what you think. The best potatoes, onions, carrots, beans, toms and more are the ones I've grown in my veggie garden. How about you?

Cheers and happy veggie gardening

Stewart 

7 comments:

Rolley said...

yeah, definitely, my father in law thinks the tomatoes I grow are the best tasting ones he's ever eaten. lol.. partly due to the varieties as well as the freshness of garden-to-plate.

Kelly said...

http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/90/6/1700
see if you can open this- its a refuatation of the study based on flawed analysis.

Stewart said...

Thanks for the tip Kelly but I can't open it without subscribing.

Yep , variety has a lot to do with taste as some of the better tasting veggies don't get grown commercially.

Kelly said...

thought that might be a proble. Here at uni we can get most stuff. Have sent you paper in fb message!

Stewart said...

Cheers. Got it but won't have time to read it until tomorrow. Many thanks.

greenfumb said...

Probably sponsored by Monsanto. Obviously these people have never tasted a homegrown potato or tomato - there's nothing quite like them.

And even if there was no nutritional advantage there is still the environment to consider.

Stewart said...

I'm with you 100% greenfumb.